Mark switches from farming to police career

New Longridge PCSO Mark Shepherd

New Longridge PCSO Mark Shepherd

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A decade ago, Dunsop Bridge farmer Mark Shepherd sold up and set off on a new career as a police community support officer.

He has never looked back and has now moved from the streets of Blackburn, to cover Longridge, Chipping and Ribchester.

Coming from my background, I could not see myself working in an office or a call centre

Mark Shepherd

Looking forward to getting to know the area, the people, their concerns and dealing with them, Mark, 59, says he and his wife Liz made the decision to sell up from their Duchy owned dairy, cattle and sheep farm after their three children went to university, choosing careers elsewhere.

Faced with either carrying on farming and becoming less able physically or to try something entirely different, they chose the latter.

“I had no idea what I was going to do and I saw a job advert for a PCSO and applied,” said Mark adding: “I always thought I had reasonable communication skills and the other thing that attracted me was that coming from my background I could not see myself working in an office or a call centre.”

Although he found the first couple of years strange after farming for 40, Mark says he thoroughly enjoys the job, particularly meeting so many different people.

He said: “Because you are on the streets walking about, you are approachable. People will come up and talk to you and ask you things and tell you things.” And he is now hoping people here will do just that, or, alternatively, ring him on 01772 209583 - leave a message if he is not in - or ring 101.